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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 12-18

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 11th 2011 2:00PM
Fear FactorMONDAY, DECEMBER 12

'Fear Factor' (8PM ET, NBC)
season premiere
The anxiety-inducing competition series returns to NBC with all-new episodes featuring new stunts to test the stamina and nerves of the contestants. Advancements in technology have allowed the producers to develop challenges that are more fantastic than ever before -- such as the ominously titled "Towering Inferno" and the "Helicopter TNT Crash."

'Enlightened' (9.30PM ET, HBO) season finale
Amy persuades Levi to seek treatment after he has a late-night breakdown and at work, she challenges Dougie to make a presentation to Damon's group, regardless of the outcome. She also finds an unlikely ally to help her improve the environment at Abaddon.

'Hawaii Five-0' (10PM ET, CBS) midseason finale
On the eve of Chin Ho's wedding to Malia, the Five-0's investigation into a man left for dead in an abandoned WWII bunker crosses paths with Capt. Fryer's case of a Jane Doe.

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Joe Rogan On the Bigger, Crazier 'Fear Factor' Return

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 8th 2011 6:50PM
Joe Rogan, 'Fear Factor''Fear Factor' is back (premieres Mon., Dec. 12, 8PM ET on NBC), and I realize that you might think what I've thought all along: original host Joe Rogan is kind of a tool. But after chatting with him for quite a while -- about everything from the show's revamp and his own fears to Miley Cyrus, 'Toddlers & Tiaras' and Anthony Bourdain -- I can safely say that this quote-machine of a man might be one of the most entertaining hosts on TV.

As for 'Fear Factor,' the redux, the rumors of everything being more intense after their five-year hiatus are true. "It is bigger and crazier than it ever was before," Rogan confirms. "I hope the show lives up to fans' expectations ... I think it will."

Keep reading for more scoop on these bigger, crazier challenges and Rogan's thoughts on fame, the old celebrity guest episodes (warning: he's really not a fan of 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Todd Bridges) and why he doesn't think any celebrities, no matter how C-list, will be coming on the show this time around.

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Check Out the New 'Fear Factor' Trailer (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 21st 2011 5:45AM
If you've been champing at the bit waiting to see the new 'Fear Factor,' wait no more: The new trailer's just been unveiled. And we think the rebooted, HD version of the show looks awesome.

As host Joe Rogan -- who doesn't seem to have aged one bit since the show last aired -- says, "'Fear Factor' is back. And it's crazier than ever." The new show has all the classic 'FF' stuff that fans love, but in bigger doses: Choppers, flames, people falling off things and onto things, coughing, screaming, crying, laughing, buxom girls in string bikinis, explosions, car crashes, gross eating challenges and lots of insects.

Check it out after the jump. And don't forget (all together now ... ): "The stunts you are about to see were all designed and supervised by trained professionals. They are extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by anyone, anywhere, anytime!"

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Joe Rogan Signs On To Host 'Fear Factor' Revival

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:15PM
Joe Rogan's coming home. The comedian is returning to 'Fear Factor' as host of the revived NBC reality series.

"It doesn't seem real," Rogan told TV Guide Magazine. "It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world. But I'm looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy."

The reborn 'Fear Factor' will get eight episodes that might hit the Peacock's schedule as soon as September.

When the 'Fear Factor' news broke early June 2011, Rogan was high on the list of potential hosts, but the deal was nowhere near closed. "We wouldn't want to do this show without Joe," Matt Kunitz, 'Fear Factor' executive producer, said. "This makes me 100 percent relieved. Part of the nostalgia of the show coming back is Joe Rogan. Joe is a guy's guy, but women like him as well."

After 'Fear Factor' went off the air the first time, Rogan had harsh words about his time on the series.

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'Fear Factor' is Back, But When? And What's New? Producer Matt Kunitz Gives Details

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 2nd 2011 9:30PM
'Fear Factor'UPDATE, 06/03/11: Joe Rogan's "very high on the list" to host the new 'Fear Factor,' according to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg. He told 'EW' that producers haven't made any decisions, but they'll sit down with Rogan and see if he's interested. Goldberg also confirmed that NBC has already ordered 10 episodes.

Today's news that 'Fear Factor' will return to NBC after five years off the air came as a bit of a surprise -- guess the new higher-ups at the network were fans back in the day.

But there was very little information out there to report on, other than the fact that NBC and production company Endemol USA were ready to start doing casting calls.

We had a lot of questions: What will the show look like now? Are there new challenges in store? Will host Joe Rogan return? And when will this new season premiere?

So we turned to executive producer Matt Kunitz to get the scoop. Before dishing about all of that and more -- including 'Idol,' 'The Voice,' 'Wipeout' and his new upcoming ABC show '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' -- Kunitz giddily started the chat by saying, "I think you're the first person in six years that I've actually introduced myself to as Matt Kunitz from 'Fear Factor.' [Laughs] It's exciting!"

Keep reading for more, as well as scoop on their plans to make 'Fear Factor' 2.0 "bigger and badder."

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'Fear Factor' Readies for Comeback 5 Years After Cancellation

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 2nd 2011 12:45PM
Fear FactorIt's been five years since 'Fear Factor' was canceled by NBC, but now, according to Reality Blurred, the show is readying for its big scary return.

A message on the show's casting website reads: "The original hit TV series is back and ready to challenge teams of two to compete for up to $50,000."

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the revival news. Paul Telegdy, head of alternative programming at NBC, said the series is doing well in reruns on NBC's sister network Chiller.

"No one has come close to doing what they've done on that show," Telegdy said. "You go back and they've stood the test of time. It always had this incredible spectacle to it."

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'House' - 'Knight Fall' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 7:50AM
(S06E17) "If you force him to choose, you might not like the answer." - Cuddy's advice to House on how to handle Wilson reconnecting with his first wife

One of the hardest things for a long running show to do is keeping the audience guessing. That's not normally a problem for 'House,' a show that throws around more 15-letter medical words and scientific terms than a 'NOVA' marathon.

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Six Game Shows that Used Actual Torture

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 8th 2010 4:00PM
An act of torture during the InquisitionIf you were shocked to hear about ABC's 'Downfall,' a game show that drops people off of buildings for our amusement, you clearly don't watch enough TV and lead a rich, fulfilling life.

Television's long and storied history is filled with game and competition shows that pit their contestants in a physical, psychological and gastrointestinal showdown, most of which were lost to the ravages of obscurity. Well, it's "filled" if you only look at the last few years or so when the economy tanked and people turned to humiliating themselves in the national media to keep from having to hunt small rodents for sustenance. That's how 'The View' got started.

These are the shows that not only tortured contestants, but also their viewing audience unless Dick Cheney happened to be watching any of them.

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Reality Show Fights: The Best Punches, Slaps and Spits (VIDEO)

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 17th 2009 12:08PM
Jersey ShoreIf you've been watching 'Jersey Shore' -- and if you know what's good for you, you have -- you may have heard about petite guidette Snooki's getting clocked in the face by a mystery male assailant. (The promo was everywhere for a while, but was pulled after MTV edited the punch out of the episode, which airs tonight.)

The idea of the punch (and the sight of it, for those of us who've watched it) is alarming for a few reasons. First and foremost, the image of a man hitting a woman squarely in the face is shocking; most reality show fights that escalate to physical violence are between two men or two women. Furthermore, these reality show fights rarely involve actual punches; normally it's a bunch of hugging disguised as grappling, rolling around on the ground and hair-pulling until the producers move in. This is the real deal.

But if you've ever been to Seaside, NJ, you aren't surprised by this use of unnecessary violence over what was probably an argument about a slice of boardwalk pizza or a discussion of Yankees vs. Mets. Also, if you've seen a reality show in the past five years, you aren't surprised that someone caught a bad one. We've compiled the best punches/slaps/etc. of the last few years in the wonderful world of reality television.

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TV Squad Ten: Most visceral shows

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 27th 2009 1:02PM
Michael C. Hall is Dexter Morgan on DexterA good show can keep you so entertained that you're willing to fight sleep to watch the rest of it. A great show physically keeps you awake.

It gets into your bloodstream and forces more adrenaline into your heart.

It turns the synapses in your brain into ferrets on espresso that dash back and forth between the lobes and fires your mind on all of its cylinders.

It is visual cocaine, which is much healthier than actual cocaine and doesn't require a frequent visitor punch card for an eyes, ears, nose and throat doctor.

These are the shows that assault all five of the senses or less depending on how good of a health plan you've got.

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Reality show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 30th 2008 2:24PM

casting callA day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.

The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.

This time we have America's Next Top Model, Don't Forget the Lyrics and a lot of new shows.

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A preview of ABC's new stunt show WipeOut - VIDEO

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 24th 2008 10:03AM
"We wanted to show all of the fun of Fear Factor, but none of the gross," says executive producer Matt Kunitz of WipeOut. ABC's new summer reality series will feature 24 contestants who race on the world's largest extreme obstacle course. Now, this isn't like American Gladiators. WipeOut, hosted by John Henson (Talk Soup) and John Anderson (SportsCenter), wanted average people to compete on their show. Kunitz says that he specifically didn't want any extreme athletes. Somewhere Bam Margera and Steve-O are crying.

Mahalo Daily took a trip to the gigantic set of ABC's new summer show. That day, they were testing the storm simulator. It costs $100,000 just to turn on. Mahalo Daily also talked to the casting director (for those of you who are interested in trying out for season two). The video is after the jump.

WipeOut premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT on ABC. Will you be tuning in?

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Reality Show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 4th 2008 8:01AM

casting callA day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.

The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.

This time we have The Biggest Loser, America's Best Dance Crew and other new shows.

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What's on tonight: Bones, Justice, Mindfreak, Mythbusters, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 6th 2006 4:43PM
  • BonesAt 7, USA has coverage of the U.S. Open.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Bones, followed by a new Justice.
  • CBS has a new Rock Star: Supernova at 8.
  • NBC has a new Fear Factor at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters, followed by two new episodes of Stunt Junkies.
  • Food Network has the National Pie Championship at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has the news special Five Years Later: Are We Safer?
  • There's a new Criss Angel Mindfreak on A&E at 10.
  • Spike has a new Blade at 10 (repeated at 11).
  • Bravo has a new Project Runway at 10.

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What's on tonight: Nip/Tuck, House, Standoff, Poker, Tennis

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 5th 2006 4:45PM
  • Rachael RayAt 7, USA continues their coverage of the U.S. Open.
  • At 8, FOX has the House season premiere, followed by the debut of Standoff.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother: All-Stars, followed by a new Rock Star: Supernova.
  • NBC has a new Fear Factor at 8.
  • ESPN has two new episodes of The 2006 World Series of Poker.
  • At 9, Bravo has a new ep of the reality show Million Dollar Listing, followed by a new Queer Eye.
  • Larry King has a discussion about Steve Irwin's death on CNN at 9, with Irwin's friend/manager, Jacques Cousteau's grandson, and Jack Hanna.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has a new Eureka, followed by a new ECW.
  • At 9:30, Rachael Ray explores Baltimore on a new Tasty Travels, followed by new episodes of Road Tasted and Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 10, FX has the season premiere of Nip/Tuck (it's repeated at 11).

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